Originally published November 11, 2014.
Last updated: November 18, 2019
I more than doubled the rate of my hair growth.
It sounds a bit unbelievable. I can hardly believe it myself! But I want to explain to you exactly what I did to get my hair growth into swing. No chemicals, no expensive medications, just a few nourishing techniques I learned about over the past couple months, and somehow my hair started growing at least twice as fast as it was before.
Even though I have a lot of hair, my hair has never, EVER been the type to grow thick or super fast. (That’s why this is such a surprise to me, honestly.) I even went through a period of major hair loss over a year ago, after a difficult surgery recovery. You can read about how I stopped my hair loss and started regrowth here.
Here’s what surprised me even more – I thought I had regrown all the hair that I had lost, but apparently I hadn’t. Because when I started these techniques and supplements, all of a sudden I was looking at a large growth of fuzzy fringe all around my scalp that wasn’t there before. My only conclusion is that my hair hadn’t fully regrown.
I don’t know what brought it all on, for me to start aggressively trying to grow my hair. Perhaps boredom. Back before I had my surgery, I was trying to get my hair to grow out and not having much luck. Then, when I lost half my hair, I sort of freaked out and went and chopped it all off into a short bob. It was cute, I guess, but several months ago, I just decided I wanted to grow my hair long again. Using all sorts of tricks I had learned.
Please hear me – this is just what I did to grow my hair quickly. And please, please, please, don’t feel pressured to have to try all these things all at once. It’s like a buffet – just pick a few that work for you!
When I get started on something I kind of get a little obsessive about it. I don’t know why; it’s just the way I’ve always been. (Usually, my interest fizzles just as quickly. 🙂 ) You don’t have to obsess like I did, but if you have that type of personality, hey friend! We are two peas in a pod. 🙂 You might like this post.
Note: This post has been my most popular post and I’m updating some techniques and recommendations that I have learned since its first publishing, to make it even more helpful to you.
Now I’ll quit babbling and get started with the tips!
How I (More Than) Doubled My Hair Growth a.k.a. how to grow hair faster!
1. I Quit Shampoo.
Sigh. Yeah, you heard me. It all started when I read this post on going “no-poo” (as in, no “sham”poo) by Ashlee from The Crunchy Moose. I gazed at her beautiful photos and read about how her hair started growing faster when she went no-poo. For years now I had heard about no-poo, and kinda thought it was a little nuts. I liked my shampoo, conditioner, leave-in heat protectant, hairspray, gel, and mousse, thankyouverymuch.
When we were on the GAPS diet, the GAPS book had encouraged dropping toxic products from our regimen, and I just couldn’t. I wanted no part of it. (Honestly, the GAPS diet was hard enough for me without having to think about finding non-toxic alternatives. I’m sure it would have sent me right over the edge at the time.)
But, reading Ashlee’s post got me thinking. Why not? Buy a little bit of high-quality baking soda (the only kind of baking soda you should use on your hair), and use a little vinegar, add my favorite essential oils, clean all the buildup off my hair and scalp, and be pleasantly surprised at the freedom I feel by using a more natural regimen. I haven’t used shampoo since the end of August and I LOVE IT. My hair has never looked this good, ever. I will write more about my method in the coming weeks, but I’m super happy about it.
If you’re considering walking into the no-poo world, be prepared to read and learn a lot. Don’t feel overwhelmed. The great news about quitting commercial shampoo/products is that there are so many methods and techniques for any and all types of hair. Once you play around with some, you’ll find what works best for your hair and can tweak it as often as you want or need to. The possibilities are truly endless.
You can read tons of posts about natural hair care in my Ultimate Natural Hair Care Directory, if you are considering this route. Here are my top ten tips for going no-poo. Check out thenopoomethod.com – an entire site dedicated to all things natural hair and body care! You can also search for no-poo Facebook groups, subreddits, and other online forums. You will find a wealth of information and helpful people who are happy to assist you in finding what works best for you.
2. Goat’s milk.
Mmm, right? Haha. This option will not be available to everyone, but I am simply telling you what I did and in the order that I did it. Please understand, the thought of goat’s milk would send me into a gagging fit, until I tasted the fresh, sweet taste of raw goat’s milk. It is nothing like the awful, musky flavor of canned goat’s milk you see at the store. It’s never been heated, all the enzymes are intact, and it is probably my favorite “food” right now.
When I first started drinking it, I could not stop! I think my body was craving the highly available calcium, potassium, and other vitamins and nutrients in the milk and for weeks I would probably drink more milk than I ate food. I was probably making up for a whole lifetime spent hating milk and never drinking it, not even when I was pregnant and nursing four children. (You can read more about how amazing raw goats milk is here.)
I noticed my nails growing in thicker and I assumed my hair was doing better as well, although I had no way to measure it. But ultimately, I know it was very beneficial for my hair.
3. The Inversion Method. (Major Game-Changer!)
Friends, this here was a game-changer for me. As much as going no-poo and drinking raw goat’s milk did for me, the big visible difference in hair growth began when I started doing the Inversion Method once a month.
What’s the Inversion Method, you say? I’ll tell you all about it, because I had never heard of it until recently.
The Inversion Method:
For one week per month, once a day, you wet your fingertips with some hair-appropriate oil, flip your head over and give your scalp a good 5-minute massage with your fingertips. Like, a really good massage. (Sounds horrible, right? 😉 ) The massage paired with your head being upside down MAJORLY increases blood flow to the scalp and triggers an increase in hair growth. Plus, it feels stinkin’ amazing. And if you use oils that contribute to hair growth, you’re really knocking it out of the park!
But you only do this for one week during each month. i.e. one week on, three weeks off. If you were to do it all the time, your scalp would quickly become accustomed to this treatment and would eventually slow the hair growth, according to everything I’ve watched/read. It’s the starting and stopping that keeps your scalp guessing. . . I guess. I don’t know the science behind it, really, but I’ve personally seen enough to know it works.
Here’s the youtube video I watched about The Inversion Method – beware, this gal has killer hair. Try not to be jealous. 😉 Also, there is some language – it’s bleeped out.
She says your hair will grow up to 4 inches in a week – I didn’t see that much growth but I know this treatment worked for increasing my hair growth. She mentions some type of oil treatment. I just went ahead and made up my own from the oils I had around the house. You can read about that here. I think, honestly, the oils are optional but I did use them and I did experience major growth, so keep that in mind. (The second month I did the inversion method, I didn’t use any oils and I still experienced visible hair growth.)
If you look closely at my hairline, you can see the crazy fringe I was sporting – all new hair growth.
Here, this one’s for everybody. Biotin. I started taking Biotin more recently. Pairing this supplement with all the other hair growth techniques makes it a little more difficult for me to discern the difference, but since I’ve been taking the biotin, my nails have become rock hard, even harder than they were when I was drinking tons of goats milk. I know it’s doing something, and the capsules are tiny and easy to take. Win!
5. Grass-Fed Gelatin.
This one is an easy one to add as well. Grass-fed gelatin. Meaning the gelatin that comes from cows that graze on grass instead of grain, which is more natural and equates to a more healthy and nourishing cow.
Gelatin is a high-quality protein that is very healing to your gut lining and very nourishing to your whole body, including your hair, skin and nails. It facilitates the production of collagen in your skin, which can’t absorb collagen from topical application. You might have heard of collagen powder, this is gelatin that has been processed to be easier to add to food and drinks.
So I started adding 1 tablespoon to my morning coffee and tea. I stir it with an ounce or two of cool water and let it “bloom” (absorb the water) and then add my coffee or tea and blend with coconut oil and butter. Mmm. If you add a lot of gelatin you can sort of taste it, but if you add less there will be less of a taste. The taste doesn’t bother me as I am used to it and I can definitely deal with it in order to get healthier hair/skin/nails/body.
This is the grass-fed gelatin I buy – This is actually collagen powder, not gelatin powder. I but it in bulk, it’s much cheaper that way. I love it.
6. Fish Oil – Specifically, Cod Liver Oil
This is a newer addition that I have since learned about. The benefits of fish oil are much too extensive to write about here, and beyond my scope. However, one of the unexpected benefits is that it can actually contribute to increased hair growth and health.
The problem is, many of the supplements you see in store and online are cheap substitutes. It’s been discovered that some companies will strip the naturally-occurring vitamins A &D and substitute them with synthetic versions. If you’re going to supplement cod liver oil, make sure you find a reputable company and that the vitamins are naturally-occurring and the fish oil is unadulterated.
Well, there you have it.
I could see the hair growth within a few weeks, because my hair started to get this weird small wave all around my hairline. The next time I did the inversion method, I got another small wave to my hair. My hair is straight as a board, so the waves are interesting; they are a sign of rapid hair growth. If I can get a decent pic of the waves, I’ll add them to the post sometime.
Another thing you can do to check for hair growth is to part your hair and flatten each side with your hands. Look in between the part – if there are tiny hairs sticking up, that’s new hair growth!
You might be wondering about why I chose to take a picture of my hairline rather than the ends of my hair. Valid question! But I did end up trimming about half an inch off the ends of my hair to have a healthier head of hair to work with, so the rate of growth is best seen by looking at my hairline, since I didn’t trim that. 🙂 You can see the hairs sticking out. They are about 2 inches long and maybe even longer. (I should have measured at the time.)
You see, my hair normally grows *maybe* 1/2 inch a month. Maybe. That’s a generous guess. But this is over two inches in the course of 5 weeks. I was amazed by this and wanted to share it with you!
So that’s how I grew my hair faster, and increased the number of hairs growing on my scalp. Do you think you’ll try any of these methods? If you do, report back to me and let me know how it goes for you! I wish you the very best in hair growth, I know it’s a long journey, but hopefully these tips will quicken that journey for you!
Think hair-growing thoughts!
P.S. Here’s a pic from Feb. 15 after a beer rinse. I’m so happy that my hair has finally grown to the length I wanted it for so long.
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